- Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango. Mexico
- Small Cabinet, 6.4 x 5.5 x 2.8 cm
- Ex. David and Emily Stoudt
A large spray of approximately 3 cm long crystals of Parasymplesite from Ojuela. Symplesite - its polymorph - was named in 1837, a Greek word meaning “to bring together” due to its association with a host of other minerals. Associated tiny amber-colored crystals and chatoyant sphere reside alongside the elongate Parasymplesite crystals. The arsenic component at Ojuela creates fantastically colored and odd species, so the possibility for oddball species is relatively high. While previously labeled as Symplesite, Parasymplesite is significantly more likely and known in this size range from this locality, though should be noted that these particular crystals have not been tested in the lab. Some fine-grained iron-oxide between the fragile hydrated iron arsenate crystals probably protected this dramatic spray - another fantastic oddity from this incredible locale.